Excavating English
Grammar , Reading , Vocabulary / February 5, 2011

Excavating English Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 5th – 9th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 174 pages Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com Review Updated: 5/7/2014 From Ellen McHenry’s website: An introduction to the nature of the English language (its flexibility and willingness to take in new words), reasons to study the history of English, places where English is spoken, basic principles of phonetics (including topics such as palatalization), how and why languages change, language family groups, the Indo-European languages and where they came from, the oldest words in the English language, cognates, the Germanic family of languages, Grimm’s Law, King Arthur, the Anglo-Saxons, Alfred the Great, Old English, the Danes and Old Norse, the Norman Conquest and its linguistic consequences, the centuries of silence, Chaucer and his “Canterbury Tales,” the Renaissance and the introduction of Latin and Greek words, the “Great Vowel Shift,” the English dictionary, English crosses the Atlantic, immigrants to America and the words they brought with them, international English. Activities include: a group game about nouns and verbs, a map activity about countries where English is spoken, some word puzzles about obsolete words, food words and acronyms, experiments…

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MegaWords
Vocabulary , Writing / February 5, 2011

MegaWords, 2nd edition Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 4th – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 108 Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: http://eps.schoolspecialty.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Megawords 2nd Edition addresses the reading, spelling, and contextual use of multisyllabic words through multisensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. The Megawords approach enables students to master the multisyllabic words they encounter from the fourth-grade reading level and beyond. Within each book, words are organized according to word structure and spelling pattern. A consistent, six-step lesson is utilized to analyze and understand list words. Students first work with word parts and syllables, then combine syllables into whole words. Exercises increase reading and spelling proficiency by using words in context and in short, content-area passages that build comprehension and fluency About the Author: For over 60 years EPS Literacy and Intervention has been the leader in developing and publishing programs to help struggling students, including those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties, as well as providing materials that support on-level students so they can continue to meet their goals. Because one opinion…

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Soaring With Spelling
Spelling , Vocabulary / February 5, 2011

Soaring With Spelling Content: Spelling & Vocabulary Grade(s): K – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 216 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: www.growingwithgrammar.com Updated Review: May 12, 2014 From Soaring With Spelling’s website: This spelling program includes 8 separate grades (levels) for teaching spelling and vocabulary. Each level has 36 lessons. The spelling and vocabulary worksheets in Level 1 start with a gentler approach by introducing the student to simple one and two-syllable list words for each lesson. The list words for the Level 1 spelling worksheets demonstrate simple long and short vowel sounds, as well as an introduction to vowel and consonant blends. The complexity of the word lists grow to include some Latin roots. Each lesson is clearly divided into five separate days. Each day has specifically assigned duties as follows: Day 1: Student takes a pretest to gauge his level of proficiency with the list words. Days 2-4: Student completes the exercises in the workbook for each day. Exercises include writing the list words, copying a sentence, or writing the definition for a list word. Soaring With Spelling also uses age-appropriate spelling games, such as proof reading,…

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English From the Roots Up
Vocabulary , Writing / February 5, 2011

Content: Vocabulary & Spelling Grade(s): 4th and up Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 106 Publication Date: 1989 Publisher: www.www.cunepress.com Updated Review: May 12, 2014 English From the Roots Up presents 100 Latin and Greek root words with the aim of helping children improve their spelling and reading comprehension. The book is a collection of 1-page teacher notes on each root word. The root word and it’s translation is highlighted at the top of the page. Students are expected to make their own flashcards for each of the root words. Each page also includes a list of 5-10 common (and not-so-common) words and their definitions. The definitions include translations of additional root words. The key to this book’s method lies in the Teaching Notes that follow. Each listed word comes with a bit of history and/or a suggestion for how you can explore the word’s full meaning. Some root words lend themselves to intuitive vocabulary building with young children. For example, “pathos” (meaning feeling or suffering) leads to learning about words such as pathetic, pathology, sympathy, and empathy. Other root words, such as “quinque” (meaning five) may prove to be…

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Wordly Wise 3000
Most Popular , Reading , Vocabulary / February 3, 2011

Wordly Wise 3000 4th Edition Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): K – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 153 Publication Date: 2012 Publisher: http://eps.schoolspecialty.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Wordly Wise 3000® 4th Edition provides direct academic vocabulary instruction to develop the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. The robust activities, student engagement, and differentiated instruction provide the flexibility to meet the needs of today’s varying student population. Grades K & 1: Develop key oral vocabulary that lays the foundation for literacy success. Grades 2 & 3: Vocabulary instruction becomes more sophisticated as students prepare for content area learning. Books 2-3 contain 15 lessons each and 10 words per lesson. Grades 4 – 8: Students learn strategies to unlock the meaning of words they will encounter in content area texts, literature, and high-stakes tests. Books 4-8 contain 20 lessons each and 15 words per lesson. Grades 9 – 12: Students continue learning strategies to unlock the meaning of words they will encounter in content area texts, literature, and high-stakes tests, including the ACT and SAT. Books 9-12 contain 20…

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